Bossier railroad crossing gets attention after a decade of bumpiness
The crossing is at the intersection of Princeton Road and Highway 157 near the Calumet Lubricant Refinery.
BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
A very bumpy and deteriorating railroad crossing, that has caused headaches for years in East Bossier Parish is finally getting fixed.
The crossing is at the intersection of Princeton Road and Highway 157 near the Calumet Lubricant Refinery. "Just about everybody who works out here at one time or another has had to get their vehicles realigned, due to the damage to the front ends of their car," said Jerry Arnold, the Vice President of the Calumet Lubricant Refinery.
Arnold explained his employees have dealt with the bumpy crossing for 12 years. "The biggest concern is it has been a safety hazard for us, with vehicles traveling down the road at a high rate of speed. Our concern is someone is going to crash through our fences and hurt themselves very badly."
Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) owns the property and leases it to Watco Companies. According to C. Doniele Carlson, the AVP Corporate Communications and Community Affairs Kansas City Southern, they are aware of the situation. "Routine maintenance is performed periodically on the crossing," Carlson wrote in an email on October 21 and explained a KCS crew would visit the tracks to assess the need for repairs.
After KSLA News 12 contacted Louisiana State Representative Henry Burns, the lawmaker visited the tracks and vowed to push the issue to get it fixed.
Burns put calls out to the railroad companies and 3 days after KSLA News 12 ran the story, the railroad company announced they would fix it. "It's been something we've been trying to do for a number of years ourselves and we couldn't make the contacts to get it done. Henry Burns was able to do it with the help of the media, it's something the whole area is going to be very happy about," said Arnold.
The crossing was originally scheduled to start on October 31, inclement weather delayed the project until Tuesday Nov. 4. The work is expected to be completed by Thursday Nov. 7.